It is 6 a.m. in the community of Talanga, just 45 kilometers from Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, and the radio program for children, “Oasis of Love,” is about to start.
One of the commentators is 12-year-old Olvin, the voice for the children in this special radio program produced by his church pastor.
The radio program is organized by the Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia and intends to spread the message of God’s love to every child, through music, Bible stories, a prayer time, and a question and answer time — an important part of the program in which Olvin has a big participation as he expresses his comments over the questions, and later prays for the children’s needs.
Young Olvin comes from a hard-working family. His mother works six days a week and comes home late, around 9 p.m. His father abandoned Olvin when he was just a baby.
Olvin has a 10-year-old sister named Eldis and a brother named Yair, who is 5 years old. Even though Yair and Olvin have the same father, only Yair has his father’s last name. Olvin’s father never recognized Olvin as a son.
When Olvin was first registered at the Juntos por la Ninez Student Center at age 8, he was a very shy and isolated boy. After he opened his heart to the Lord, Olvin was so excited to participate in the church activities and his self-esteem improved a lot.
“His enthusiasm was contagious, so I decided to invite him to participate in the children’s radio program that I have been directing for six years,” says Pastor Iris.
This young boy has become a well-known voice in his home town, and he is happy to be part of it. He enjoys praying and memorizing Bible verses, which has been very useful especially when expressing his comments on the radio program.
“I will tell you that I feel comfortable with the microphone because nobody is watching me; it is just me and my pastor, so it is great.”
Olvin’s mother is a loyal listener, and she is very proud of her son’s achievements. Olvin is confident that the good seed he plants through prayer will produce fruit and very soon he will see his mother accepting the Lord as her Savior.
Olvin attends the student center activities every Saturday in the morning, and this bright boy is quite sure that God has special plans for him.
“God has placed me in this situation because I can help others through this radio program.¨
A promising future awaits Olvin, perhaps as a professional radio commentator or an artist. But one thing is sure. His community will never be the same because Olvin feels committed to spread the message of the love of Jesus, the same message that he has experienced while attending the student center and the message that has given him a new and better purpose in his life.